One of the unexpected holiday gifts I received last year came from Ping, who possesses exceptional sewing and pattern-making skills (I had the pleasure of trying on two of her unique creations last fall when I visited SF).


This brocade dress is impeccably made and a few friends mistook it for the work of European couturiers (I don’t blame them, the precision and care she took to make the dress is astonishing).

Brocade Dress, a gift from super talented Ping | Burberry London Westland Trench | Marc by Marc Jacobs Rose Gold Watch | Anna Dello Russo for H&M Necklace (similar) | Chanel Westminster Flap | Zara Block Heel Leather Court Shoe (similar)

As someone who can barely sew on a button, I have a special appreciation for garment construction though I don’t fully comprehend the conceptual genius behind every stitch, the type and position of the seams, the choice of lining, and the placement of darts.


I do know that when done right, as this dress was, clothing can have transformative powers.

From Instagram

I resurrected another moribund post from the archives today because it’s been a while since I last braved the snow and took pictures outside (I’ve reduced my snowday routine to boots + sweater + pants or skirt and tights + coat). Buried in feet of snow, it’s difficult to imagine what dry roads look like but thankfully I have old pictures to remind me of things to look forward to (to quote the Walking Dead: If you don’t have hope, what’s the point of living).

This set of pictures faded into oblivion in part because the leather skirt, which I was initially really excited to share with you all, sold out by the time these pictures were taken and it would’ve been distasteful if I had written a panegyric on the skirt only to conclude that, no, you can’t buy/have it. 


Here are a few similar options to consider: ASOS, MSGM, French Connection, and Nanette Lepore.

Burberry London Westland Trench | Forever 21 Draped Georgette Top | ASOS Premium Skirt in Pleated LeatherThe Cambridge Satchel Company 13″ Satchel Hermes H Buckle Reversible Belt  | Corso Como Delicious Black Tip Beige Quilted Pump

And two sales of note:

Take 20% off full-priced styles at ASOS with code 20FAB. My picks: Ultra Full Long Line Skater Skirt, Little White Lies Daisy Lace High Neck Top, Skater Dress with Sweetheart Neck and Short Sleeves, Oasis Cowl Neck Crepe Dress, Vero Moda Crew Neck T-Shirt Dress, and Vero Moda Crochet Detail Knitted Dress,


And select items are up to 70% off at L.L. Bean.

Ah, coated denim; it marries the comfort of denim and the look of leather and, over the last few months, gradually infiltrated my otherwise homogenous (with regard to textures) closet.


Sure, I’d love to own this Burberry leather trench or this RED Valentino creation, but prohibitive prices aside, the impracticality of a leather coat is overwhelming. The Juicy Couture coated trench appears almost low-maintenance in comparison by being machine washable and costing only a small fraction of what its leather counterparts retail for.

Juicy Couture Sienna Coated Trench Coat (also here) | Lauren Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Cotton Crewneck Sweater | Banana Republic Leopard Haircalf Belt | Ann Taylor Glazed Lace Pencil Skirt | Banana Republic Haircalf Bow Glove in Leopard | Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote  | Dolce Vita Madison Pumps

But coated denim is imperfect; it is stiffer than real leather, the sheen can be unattractive to some, and its tactile properties are generally unpleasant. I can understand why some people shun it completely.

And is it really snowing again? Stay safe, all.

After a successful months-long run in resisting buying duplicates, I recently fell back into old habits. First, I tracked down the Theory Annea Caledon Sleeveless Jacket in both black and white (still available at Theory outlets) and then bought the Rebecca Taylor tweed with leather dress and top.

Unnecessary? absolutely. But I regret nothing.

Rebeca Taylor Tweed V-Neck Shift Dress (in two tone; or skirt and jacket)| J. Crew Collection Icon Trench (reviewed here) | Ann Taylor Oasis Cabochon Necklace (similar) | Marc by Marc Jacobs Rose Gold Watch | no brand shoes

What clothing items do you have multiples of? Or do you have an unconditional ban on duplicates?

Warm weather can’t get here soon enough but, in the interim, I am treasuring every moment that I get to spend with my cold weather favorites before packing them away for the spring. Remember the dark brown pleather pants I bought a while back? They were on my shortlist for a WIFW post but I simply haven’t found time to buckle down and take pictures for a post. I hope I stay infatuated with them because I have a lot of ideas for how I might re-wear them. 

Burberry London Mottram Trench | Ann Taylor Silk Charmeuse Long Sleeve Legacy Blouse (no longer available) | H&M Pleather Leggings | Belt from ASOS Belted Double Layer Mini Skirt (no longer available) | Miu Miu Taupe Pumps | Zara Office City Bag

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In shopping news, Brooks Brothers is running a fantastic sale on f/w styles. From now until April 1, use your Brooks Brothers card for 25% off your entire purchase (or 15% off without a BB card). I splurged on a Lambswool Polka Dot Sweater (I wore a hole through my Forever 21 sweater), a Quilted Lambskin Medium Flap Bag (smaller version here) that is now 62.5% percent off with the promotion (I was initially unimpressed with the bag but a few trips to the store changed my mind), and picked up an extra for my mom. I also took advantage of the discount for my dad who is a loyal fan of Brooks Brothers shirts and pants. The account that holds funds I allocated for clothes took a pretty hit because of this order but I hope it’s worth it.


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